We welcome you to the BIRHC Wellness Garden. The garden is located on the grounds of the Health Center and Forest View Senior Housing and is almost entirely maintained and funded by volunteers.
No budgeted funds were available upon completion of the buildings. Numerous Island businesses and individual Islanders came together with significant donations, specific tools and skills, and plain hard work to landscape the complex. We are forever grateful for their contributions, past and present.
The first thing to know about the garden is that you are always welcome. The Wellness Gardeners meet at the garden on Wednesdays, 10 am to about noon, during the growing season. We are happy to show you around and answer questions. At other times the garden is usually a quiet place of repose. There are benches in sun and shade for resting. But if you see wild turkeys or deer please shoo them away! The turkeys dig up our plants to make their dust baths and deer eat everything, even our carefully chosen "deer resistant" selections.
About the Wellness Gardeners: We are a loosely organized group of volunteers who help in the garden when we can. Some are Islanders who have a stake hold of responsibility for certain areas, some are seasonal residents, and others donate precious free time away from careers on or off-Island to garden and socialize with us. The Wellness Gardeners are a sociable group and we invite you to join us!